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06.30.11

Links 30/6/2011: Knoppix 2011 6.4, Netrunner 3.2 Released

Posted in News Roundup at 5:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Contents

GNU/Linux

  • GoDaddy.com adopts Linux Professional Institute Certification

    The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world’s premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced that GoDaddy.com (http://www.godaddy.com) , the world’s largest domain name registrar, has initiated a program of LPI training and certification for their technical support staff. The program began this past March and an initial group of IT professionals at GoDaddy.com have successfully obtained their LPIC-1 certification.

  • Ubuntu demonstrated running on Galaxy Tab 10.1, summarily dubbed ‘Tabuntu’ (video)

    Sure, you can run Linux on robots and on desktops and, apparently, on small cats, and we’ve also seen it on plenty of tablets before, but this one is a little different. Max Lee over at Galaxy Tab Hacks created the video below to demonstrate a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Ubunbu, but doing it on top of Android such that the tablet’s native OS is running Linux in the background and then using a VM client to launch the UI. In other words: it’s running both operating systems at once, and despite that we think the results are quite usable, even loading up this very website with aplomb. It’s demonstrated after the break and if after watching you just gotta get a piece of that the full instructions are on the other end of the source link below.

  • No Surprise Here: You Can Use Ubuntu on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 [Video]
  • Surprising Power Consumption Of Ubuntu 11.04 vs. Windows 7

    With similar workloads, for the most part the power consumption is comparable between Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 Pro SP1. The only major differences came during Flash-based HD video playback being more efficient under Windows, power consumption while OpenGL gaming, and in select other areas. Ubuntu / Linux actually has the potential to become more power efficient than Microsoft Windows 7 based upon the close findings from today. Once Active-State Power Management (ASPM) is properly fixed up for Linux, there is still a Linux 2.6.35 kernel power regression, a scheduler power regression, and more. Just yesterday on my Twitter feed, the Phoronix Test Suite and I made a discovery of a possible 8% power savings from an entirely different vector. More to come.

  • Linux 2.6.38 power problems confirmed, but workaround appears

    Phoronix has identified the Linux power regression problems it previously noted in Linux 2.6.38 as being related to Active-State Power Management (ASPM) code for PCI Express — and has published a workaround. The problem, which can result in low battery life with Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15, have been confirmed by Tom’s Hardware Guide.

  • Desktop

    • 10 ways the Linux community can fix the mess on the desktop

      That, of course, doesn’t mean all is lost. Quite the opposite. As has been proved over the years, the Linux community is incredibly agile, so this issue can easily be resolved. Here are some possible solutions.

    • Tidying Up The Desktop

      Jack Wallen at Tech Republic has a good article on this subject. see 10 ways the Linux community can fix the mess on the desktop. I don’t think it’s quite as bad as he writes. For instance, I would not agree that Unity should be killed. It is great to have yet another desktop environment. I do think Unity should not be exclusive. Many millions of loyal users of Ubuntu may not want to change desktop environments from GNOME. I think, eventually, Unity may achieve a level of functionality that makes it widely desirable but forcing users to change is undesirable. Users may have to reverse-engineer Ubuntu to put GNOME back or change distros. That is probably a waste of their time, not what IT should be about.

  • Server

  • Kernel Space

  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

    • Keynote Interview: Dirk Hohndel

      Continuing in a series of interviews with the Desktop Summit 2011′s keynote speakers, this past week William Carlson traded emails with Dirk Hohndel of Intel, who will give the Summit’s August 6 opening keynote address.

      As a hacker-turned-businessman, Hohndel brings a business perspective of free software to the Desktop Summit. Currently Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist at Intel, Hohndel will talk about the role that large companies play in open source, and how the open source community can work effectively with them.

    • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC)

      • BlueBubble + Applets

        On the screen, you can see the lock-keys-appket, as well as gnote, gnome-music-applet and the cpu-frequency-monitor applet. Also visible are the trashcan and the show desktop applets, the ‘fast user switch’ applet (Called gdm-classic-user-switch-applet in the repo) and the gnome-volume-control applet which was sadly missing from the initial BlueBubble launch. I’d like to throw a huge ‘thank you’ to Thomas Scheunemann for helping me out with the gnome-volume-control applet. To prevent some conflicts between old-gnome-media and new-gnome-media packages…

      • Facebook blocked KDE photo applications

        Facebook had blocked applications that use the KDE Image Plugins Interface (KIPI) from uploading photographs to the social network and hid existing photos that were previously uploaded via KIPI. KIPI is used by a number of applications such as digiKam, KPhotoAlbum and Gwenview.

        The problem appears to be that what was meant to be a secret key and application ID for a now deprecated interface into Facebook was included in the KIPI source code. It is suspected that at some point spammers took the key and id and used it for their own malicious applications on Facebook. This hasn’t been a problem for KDE users, but now Facebook has instituted a new scheme to block spam. This new anti-spam scheme correlates negative feedback on applications with their keys and ids and blocks them. The KDE keys, having been apparently poisoned by abusive use by spammers, were then blocked.

      • What price Community?

        KDE prides itself as being a community. Is that justified? I have seen good, hard-working people driven away from projects because they were receiving behaviour from other members of our community that they would not accept from general users. The Code of Conduct, it seems, is for others, not for ourselves.

  • Distributions

    • Red Flag Linux – Going critical

      Red Flag Linux is a curious blend of modern and ancient. It has what you don’t expect it to have and lacks in what seems obvious. To name a few of the flaws, there’s the user setup, graphics card drivers, an outdated application stack, and the package manager problems. But the single biggest problem is the relevance.

      I don’t presume to be able to understand the needs of the Chinese market, so my conclusion might be completely wrong or irrelevant itself. Perhaps the average Chinese users cares nothing about security or the age of his programs. For that matter, Windows XP is not a young or modern system either, but it’s popular and it works well. The way I see it, Red Flag Linux could be a very useful and practical system.

      What it needs is to bring up some of its core elements to a more modern standard. Not necessarily become the next Ubuntu, because there’s already one and there’s no need for another, more sort of tailor its unique nature to become more accessible. Now, it’s entire possible that the distro developers do NOT want or care about foreign market segments, in which case all my arguments are pointless. But with some attention to details, Red Flag Linux could work well for the international user.

      I hope this Linux continues to flourish. It’s not the best in any category, in fact, it’s fairly average overall, but it could achieve what no other Linux distro has done yet – reach a critical userbase. Even if as little as 1% of Chinese people embrace this platform, we’re talking some fifteen million users. Do you understand the implications of this? I do.

      To sum it up: Red Flag Linux, average, needs lots of polish, decent performance, programs need updating, has the potential to make Linux become what no other distro has achieved yet. Final grade: 6/10.

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

    • Red Hat Family

      • Red Hat’s 1 Billion Reasons to Love Linux

        On the Linux Planet, free and open source software makes the world go around, while in the wider world, it’s often money. There is one Linux vendor that stands head and shoulders above all others when it comes to money. This past week, Red Hat reiterated its commitment and path to be the first Linux vendor to make $1 billion in revenue in one year.

      • Fedora

        • Linpus Lite… a bit too lite…

          Let me translate that into normal people language: Linpus is a Taiwanese company that, from what I understood, wants to bring users simple and intuitive interfaces, through Linux of course. So you can imagine I was at least curios to try an Linux OS more interface-based and see what has been done to it.

          Linpus Linux Lite is a Fedora-based distro that wants to be very easy and intuitive for its users. The first thing i noticed when i slamed the ISO into my VirtualBox is that you can’t boot straight from the CD, you can only install it to the hard drive, which is a pity since i wanted to try it out first.

    • Debian Family

      • Derivatives

        • Knoppix 2011 6.4 Review

          Knoppix is a top choice for developers, administrators, or anyone on the move. Unlike many other popular Linux distributions Knoppix stays focused on providing one of the best Linux live CD’s available. Now you can have a huge selection of excellent applications and system tools all without any changes to your current system setup. Knoppix is also a great choice for carrying on a flash drive. Not to mention the fact that Knoppix has very advanced hardware detection. So download this great release today and find out why Knoppix is known by many as one of the best Linux Live CD’s available. Many users have reported that Knoppix was so useful that it is now used as their default installation. And yes Knoppix can be installed to your hard drive without to much trouble but it is not recommended for Linux newcomers.

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • Puzzle Moppet hits the Ubuntu Software Center

            The newest addition to the Ubuntu Software Center is Puzzle Moppet from Garnet Games. The poor little Moppet is lost and all alone in the wilderness. How are you going to help it get out? This interesting game requires you to solve puzzles to help Moppet find it’s way. Puzzle Moppet is a challenging 3D puzzle game featuring a diminutive and apparently mute creature who is lost in a mysterious floating landscape.

          • Ubuntu Slogan
          • Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) or Linux Mint 11 (Katya)?

            Comparatively, Linux Mint automatically includes out-of-the-box support for Flash, MP3′s, and the playback of most other media files. At the time, this more complete out-of-the-box experience was one of the reasons I ended up going back to Linux Mint 10 (from Ubuntu 10.04). So, now that Ubuntu includes this, (and in fact, installs even more software automatically such as NVIDIA’s proprietary drivers), it has, at very least, removed one of the reasons I had for sticking with Linux Mint.

          • Ubuntu One Files for Android lets you access more than your Music
          • Flavours and Variants

            • Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC released!

              The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 11 LXDE RC.

            • Another Linux distro that I love: Zorin OS 5

              There are so many groovy little details that differentiate Zorin OS from Ubuntu here I can’t go over every one. But for instance, when you minimize a running application to the panel, it gives a lovely thumbnail preview of the app on mouse-over. And the default Start Menu (upper left corner in my screenshot below) is also highly configurable. I think there are about ten different menu styles you can use besides the Windows-like default. (Again, see screenshot below). I totally love the Linux Mint Menu, but after getting used to the different variations in Zorin OS I’ve come to like theirs almost as much. There are many similarities between Zorin OS and Linux Mint; the attention to detail and ease of use make either of them excellent choices for Windows or Mac users to cross over to the Linux side!

            • Netrunner 3.2 Released

              Updated from 3.1->3.2:

              KDE (Desktop) 4.6.2
              Firefox (Browser) 5.0
              Flash/Plugin 10.3.181.26
              Thunderbird (Email Client incl. Lightning Calendar) 3.1.10
              VLC (Media Player) 1.1.10
              Wine (Windows Environment Layer) 1.3.22
              Pidgin (Messenger Client) 2.7.11
              Gimp (Graphic Program) 2.6.11

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Unfazed Intel to press ahead with MeeGo

      Nokia may have launched its first and last Meego-powered smartphone, but Intel remains determined to press ahead with the development of its versatile Linux-based operating system.

      According to DigiTimes, Santa Clara is preparing to launch MeeGo v1.3, which will offer improved support for a variety of devices and platforms, including netbooks, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and car infotainment systems.



    • Phones

      • Android

        • Fox Thinks Apple Is Religion, Bashes Samsung Galaxy Tab

          Clayton Morris of Fox did nothing but proved himself to be a joker the way he compared the iPad with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The way he blindfolded himself on the camera and did an entire 30 second stint ‘touching’ and ‘feeling’ the Galaxy Tab made me think,”is this how we cover technology?” While he admitted that the Samsung Galaxy looks good, feels better, is lighter and thinner, he doesn’t recommend buying it.

          He said that advancement in hardware and design do not matter. How the product feels in your hand doesn’t matter. He is contradicting himself, and may upset the master Apple. Look at any of the iPad ads and you will find Apple trying to sell using the same points which Morris is trying to tell us do not matter when it comes to Android!

        • Tag Heuer readies €4700 Froyo phone

          Posh watchmaker Tag Heuer hopes you will – it’s working on just such a beast. There’s a teaser on Tag Heuer’s own website, but watch blog A Blog To Read has been mailed some snaps of the gadget and the specs.

        • Top 5 Must-have Android Applications
        • MyTouch 4G Slide focuses on the camera

          T-Mobile unveiled an Android 2.3-based 4G slider phone with an advanced camera. HTC’s MyTouch 4G Slide is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch, WVGA touchscreen, and an eight-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, “zero” shutter lag, a backside illuminated sensor, and a wide aperture f/2.2 lens, says the carrier.

        • Half million Android activations a day pave way for Google Nexus Prime

          Google’s Andy Rubin says Android is now being activated on 500,000 smartphones and tablets each day, with 4.4 percent week-to-week growth. Meanwhile, new rumors claim Google’s next Samsung-built Nexus device will run “Ice Cream Sandwich” on a TI OMAP4 processor and be called Google Nexus Prime.

        • Cisco spins enterprise-oriented app stores for Android tablet

          Cisco Systems has announced an app ecosystem for its Android-based Cius tablet. Marking the company’s entry into a crowded landscape, “AppHQ” will focus on IT managers and professionals, according to the company.

        • Android App Downloads Now Total 4.5 Billion
    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

      • Tablet launch includes, Ubuntu, Windows, and Android models

        Italian vendor Ekoore announced three tablets with capacitive multitouch displays — two Atom-based tablets that run Ubuntu 11.04 or Windows 7, and an ARM-based tablet running Android 2.3. The 11.6-inch “Perl” offers a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; the 10.2-inch “Python” moves to the DDR3-ready Atom N455; and the seven-inch Android 2.3-based “Pascal” uses a new 1.2GHz Telechips TCC8803 processor, according to the company.

      • Acer Chromebook goes on sale for $350

        Acer began accepting pre-orders for its Wi-Fi only AC700 Chromebook for $350 on Amazon.com. Following Samsung’s $430 Series 5 Chromebook — and again based on Google’s Chrome OS — the AC700 notebook offers the same dual-core Intel Atom N570 processor, a slightly smaller 11.6-inch display, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB solid-state disk, a multi-card reader, and a webcam.

      • iRiver preps Android tablet, HD e-reader

        iRiver has reportedly unveiled a seven-inch MX100 Android tablet in China, sporting a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, and is expected to soon ship its six-inch, Cortex-A8-based, 1024 x 768 resolution “Story HD” e-reader. Meanwhile, the Android-based Entourage PocketEdge e-reader has been heavily discounted to $120 as the unique, dual-screen device glimpses the white light of oblivion.

Free Software/Open Source

  • Tux Paint Kids Summer Drawing Contest

    The 2011 Tux Paint Summer Drawing Contest is sponsored by Worldlabel.com and is open to all children aged 3 to 12 who live anywhere in the World!

    Here’s a chance to show off your talent using a great drawing program made especially for kids. Tux Paint is an award-winning drawing program you can download to your computer. Tux Paint was recently awarded SourceForge.net Project of the Month. It will run on all versions of Windows (including Tablet PC), Mac OS X 10.4 and up, Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD. And it’s FREE!

  • Microsoft Office 365 Launch: Zimbra Scores Surprise PR Win

    Either way, Zimbra scored a major victory with the mention in The Wall Street Journal. Before the article, The VAR Guy suspects, most WSJ readers had never heard of Zimbra.

  • Open source based company wins industry award

    Voice over IP services provider Gradwell has won the Federation of Communications Services (FCS) “Communication Provider of the Year” award. Managing Director Peter Gradwell accepted the award, presented at FCS’s 30th birthday celebrations, saying it was a “great reflection of all our hard work… being recognised by the FCS is especially important as they represent the whole industry.”

    As well as hard work, Gradwell’s secret weapon for competitiveness is open source; at the core of the operation is Asterisk VoIP software running on Debian GNU/Linux based systems and nearly all the company’s communications stack is based on open source software. Thanks to this combination, Gradwell says it can sell a complete telephony solution at a price that is closer to a single licence of its competition. It isn’t all about pricing though.

  • Ravel open-sources tool for analyzing graph data like Google

    Austin, Texas-based startup Ravel has released GoldenOrb, an open-source graph database that looks to bring the benefit’s of Google’s Pregel project to the masses. Graph databases don’t get the attention of other big-data technologies such as Hadoop or NoSQL, but every Twitter user is familiar with the result of what graph databases can do.

  • ESA Summer of Code in Space 2011

    The 2011 ESA Summer of Code In Space (SOCIS) starts! Mentoring organization (i.e. open source space-related projects) can apply before 15/07/2011. Modelled after the Google Summer of Code, SOCIS is an European Space Agency pilot project offering students the opportunity to be paid to develop, during the summer, open source code for space related open source projects.

  • Events

    • Python conference to be held in August

      Enthusiasts and users of the open-source Python programming language will gather in Sydney in August for the two-day PyCon AU, the second such conference to be held Down Under.

    • ApacheCon NA 2011: conference programme announced

      The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has published the programme for this year’s ApacheCon North America. ApacheCon NA 2011, the official user conference of the Apache Software Foundation, will take place from 7 to 11 November in Vancouver, Canada.

    • linux.conf.au issues Call for Papers

      The organisers of linux.conf.au (LCA) have announced a Call for Papers (CFP) for the conference, which will take place at the beginning of 2012 in Ballarat, Australia. Interested parties have until 29 July to submit proposals for papers or presentations.

  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • What does the future hold for Firefox?

        Firefox was always the coolest browser but it is rapidly losing that crown to Google’s Chrome

        I’ve been a fan of Firefox for the longest time. Over the years I have faithfully installed just about every version of the open source browser and, while I chopped and changed between e-mail clients, web-editors and word processors, I always remained faithful to Firefox.

        That was until about three months ago. That was when I first installed Google’s Chrome browser as more than just a test version. Until then I had always had a copy of Chrome to hand, but only for testing purposes, and never as my day-to-day browser. However, Firefox (I forget which version) was playing up and constantly crashing, so I decided to give Chrome a real chance.

      • More Firefox feature assassination coming up

        So in keeping with the direction the devs at Mozilla have been steering the Firefox browser, plans include more feature assassination (of course), this time in the form of obfuscating useful information — arguably the most important information for users of a web browser — in the address bar.

      • Cross Platform Messaging Client Instantbird 1.0 Released

        Open source and cross platform messaging client Instantbird version 1.0 has been released today. Instantbird is based on Pidgin’s libpurple protocol library and Mozilla’s Firefox technology. It supports all major messaging services and have an extension system for adding extra functionality, themes etc.

      • Mozilla drafts Firefox vision statement

        With a new Mozilla chief executive, a new six-week rapid-release cycle, and new Firefox management, apparently the organization has concluded there’s no time like the present to pin down an answer.

        “Now that we have a solid base to work from, and greatly improved agility, it’s a good time to look at the quickly-evolving landscape and chart our path forward,” Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s vice president of product, said in a mailing list message on Friday. “To that end, I’ve tried to synthesize and distill countless discussions and ideas I’ve heard from throughout the Mozilla community over the last few years about where we should go with our products to further the Mozilla mission.”

  • SaaS

    • Hadoop: Making Money From FLOSS

      Yes, the world can make its own software and share it. Hadoop is already in use by many players on the web, cloud and just data-processing. From a few (Able Grape search engine for wines) to thousands (Yahoo!) of nodes working together can process a lot of data and keep it safe. The software is sufficiently complex and flexible that training/support should be a lucrative business sufficient in itself to justify the investment in Hadoop. At the same time the whole world benefits from the result.

    • Yahoo! seeds Hadoop startup on open source dream

      Yahoo! is creating a new company with its core Hadoop engineering team, seeking to rapidly expand the scope of the open source distributed number-crunching platform and ultimately bring it to a much wider audience. In growing the Hadoop “ecosystem” through increased work on the core Apache-based open source project, the company hopes to eventually make its money by providing training and support for the platform.

    • ‘Hadoop Alternative’ to Be Open Sourced
  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

    • Oracle Vs Google-what next?

      The last week saw as set back of sorts for Oracle, as the US patent analysts rejected 17 claims of the 21 infringements claimed by Oracle on one of the seven infringement claims it had filed against Google. However, there are further 122 claims to wade through.

    • OpenOffice.org site goes offline, Oracle declines to comment

      Two URLs including the OpenOffice.org domain owned by software giant Oracle are currently displaying error messages, but the Larry Ellison-run company is declining to explain why the sites are down.

      The openjdk.java.net is also currently failing to load.

      Both sites carry the same “Error 503 – service unavailable” message, and the URLs are owned by Oracle.

      The OpenOffice.org domain is expected to expire on 12 June 2012 and its IP location in California still carries the Sun Microsystem stamp.

    • Reexaminations – Detailed Tables – UPDATED
    • After OpenOffice and Hudson, will Oracle stick with open source?

      In recent weeks, Oracle has taken two premier open source technologies gained through the company’s 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems — the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and the Project Hudson continuous integration server — and donated them to the Apache Software Foundation and Eclipse Foundation, respectively.

  • CMS

    • How open source CMS Joomla grew to 23 million users

      When I began speaking to Ryan Ozimek on the phone, the first thing I asked him was how – in a world where a social networking site gets major coverage for surpassing 10 million users – an open source product like his can quietly reach over 20 million without much fanfare.

      Ozimek, president of the nonprofit that oversees Joomla, the product in question, told me that nonprofits often have less incentive to publicize such milestones. “Joomla isn’t a corporate enterprise,” he explained. “Joomla is made by developers around the world freely giving their time to something they’re passionate about and is managed and run by a leadership team and a nonprofit organization that doesn’t really have any financial stake in the game.

  • Business

    • Actuate Adds Hadoop to Open Source Business Intelligence

      Application developers can now use BIRT 3.7 from the Eclipse Foundation to access Hadoop using Hive Query Language (HQL).

      Actuate (NASDAQ: BIRT) has announced support and services for Hadoop and MapReduce in the new release of BIRT 3.7, the company’s open-source enterprise business intelligence toolset.

      Hadoop is an open source framework for managing vast amounts of distributed data (big data) that works in conjunction with MapReduce, a framework to support distributed computing for large data sets on hardware clusters.

  • Funding

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • Darwin does Free Software

      The evolution of software carries a different pace depending upon the management structure and goals of the project. Here we explore the history of, and potential for evolutionary theories of software development.

  • Public Services/Government

    • NL: Half of all public administrations have open source strategy

      Half of all public administrations in the Netherlands (51 percent) has a strategy for open source or is preparing such a plan, and half (53 percent) has specific plans to use more of this type of software. These are two of the conclusions of a survey by NOiV, the Dutch government’s resource centre on open source and open standards.

      The survey also shows that 66 percent of all public administrations in the country supports the vendor independent electronic document format ODF, and has made it an option for their staff (69 percent). Next, the vendor independent document format PDF is being used to publish non-revisable documents on the web site of 62 percent of the public administrations.

    • Government Names Open Source Guru As Tech Advisor

      Open source enthusiast Liam Maxell has been appointed as technology adviser to the Cabinet Office

      In a move that could hint at the Government’s future direction over open source technology, Liam Maxwell has been appointed as technology adviser to the Cabinet Office.

      Maxwell has worked as an advisor for the Conservative Party regarding technology and is widely considered to be the man behind the Government’s open source strategy drive, which is now being executed by the Cabinet Office. Maxwell was also the IT manager at public school Eton, as well as previously being a Tory councillor for Windsor and Maidenhead, which pioneered the use of virtualisation to cut costs.

    • Government’s new technology adviser is an open source enthusiast

      Conservative local councillor and head of computing at public school Eton, Liam Maxell, has been appointed as technology adviser to the Cabinet Office, in a move that could herald wider use of open source technology in government.

      Maxwell will advise the Efficiency and Reform Group within the Cabinet Office on how technology can deliver better quality, lower cost public services. His appointment, starting from September, is expected to last for 11 months.

    • The obstacles to Open Source in the public sector

      This is what some respondents had to say about systems integrators and Open Source software:

      “Systems integrators are not holding back the take up of Open Source in the public sector it is just paranoid rubbish.”

      “I am sure some systems integrators are holding Open Source in the public sector back, however I know that the more progressive systems integrators aren’t.”

      “I think systems integrators are holding back Open Source. I have no examples but industry sees public sector as a cash cow.”

      “The government IT capability is rarely willing to challenge the views of system integrators.”

      “Money is the reason system integrators hold back Open Source. With open source their profits go down.”

      “System integrators are holding Open Source back. Particularly the reseller SIs who have a significant conflict of interest to deal with and will erode sales margins by doing so. Equally the government employs consultants who aren’t oriented towards open source solutions but aligned and accredited to vendor programmes.”

    • Despite the U.S. CIO’s Exit, Open Source Is Entrenched in the Federal Government
  • Licensing

    • What’s This “…And the Rest” Crap!?!

      The example of this problem that was recently brought to my attention was on Fedora Project’s website. At the bottom of all of the pages of Fedora’s website, there’s “© 2011 Red Hat, Inc. and others”. I’ve dubbed this a “Gilligan’s Island copyright notice” because, while Red Hat is probably a copyright holder some of Fedora, Red Hat employees are also fond of pointing out how many contributors they have from outside Red Hat. Yet, with regard to the website, those contributors aren’t considered important enough to appear in the copyright notice. They’re secondary characters that Red Hat is indicating don’t matter that much: like The Professor and Mary Ann in Gilligan’s Island’s first season.

  • Programming

    • GitHub’s Linguist open sourced

      GitHub has released its Linguist library, designed to identify the programming language in a file, as open source. GitHub, a commercial project hosting service which handles files of numerous types, uses the library to detect which syntax highlighter to use for a file, to work out when to ignore binary files and generated files, and to generate graph data for projects by language.

Leftovers

  • Cablegate

    • The WikiLeaks Palace Revolt

      Julian took WikiLeaks offline early in 2010 to boost donations. And it worked. The organisation made over $200,000 in the first big push. This represented cash like never before. And Daniel’s eyes popped.

      So Daniel argued with Julian argued about the money. Daniel always found something he didn’t like, found a reason to challenge Julian’s wisdom and way of running WikiLeaks, but most of all he argued about the money – he wanted it.

  • Environment/Energy/Wildlife

    • The Dark Side of the OECD Oil Inventory Release

      IEA in Paris announced this morning a release of 60 million barrels from OECD inventories. The implications of this extraordinary action are not positive. Let’s first take a look at the most recent global production data, which shows the large downward move of supply coming into March 2011, from the loss of Libyan oil. IEA is pointing to this loss of supply as the prima causa for its decision. | see: Global Crude Oil Production in mbpd (million barrels per day) 2004-2011.

    • China’s Diesel Smile

      Unfortunately, it does not appear OECD nations have been successful in getting the price of oil down below $100. There remains a justifiable suspicion that Saudi Arabia cannot supply the market either with extra light sweet oil, or with extra oil of any grade, for longer than a month or two. If China and Western countries have indeed made an arrangement to swap these oil price knock-downs for support of Western sovereign debt (at the margin), China would be advised to fill its own inventories quickly when these brief, five-to-seven day discounts on oil arrive, only to disappear.

  • Finance

    • Bank of America in $8.5 billion settlement

      In the biggest reckoning of the 2008 financial crisis, Bank of America said Wednesday it will pay $8.5 billion to investors burned by fraudulent mortgage securities.

    • Goldman Sachs Plans To Hire 1,000 In Singapore While Cutting U.S. Jobs

      Goldman Sachs, the country’s fifth-largest bank by assets, plans to hire 1,000 people in Singapore while laying off a significant number of workers at home, according to Fox Business News.

    • Why Some Housing Prices Are Still Falling and Subprime Loans Are Still Sliding

      In October 2007, CNBC’s Diana Olick called me about Countrywide’s so-called plan to modify mortgage loans scheduled to reset to higher rates. Subprime borrowers with a strong payment history would be able to refinance and possibly get prime FHA loans. Current paying borrowers with credit issues would be offered Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans under a new expanded program.

    • Noise, Not a Recovery

      The State of California reported a loss of 29,000 non-farm payrolls in May. Actually, California added 88,000 jobs in May when using the total employment data for the month. However, as I have pointed out over the past year, these oscillations are just noise. Our nation’s largest state faces a protracted, structural level of unemployment that renders these month to month rises and falls unimportant. The over-focus on this data by the media, however, reveals an ongoing conceptual problem currently afoot in the US: the persistent belief we are in a standard, post-war recession. | see: California Employment in Millions (seasonally adjusted) 2000-2011.

  • Censorship

    • Copyright Interests Force Private Censorship into OECD Communiqué

      Paris, June 29th, 2011 – The final OECD communiqué on Internet Policy-Making Principles has been published. The entertainment industries and a few governments ultimately let blind copyright enforcement repression undermine the text’s support of fundamental freedoms and the Net’s openness. La Quadrature du Net supports the civil society coalition’s rejection of a bad compromise and of the final document.

  • Intellectual Monopolies

    • Citizens, Artists and Consumers in Favour of the Legal Recognition of File Sharing

      The Création-Public-Internet (CPI) platform brings together consumer, artist and citizen organisations such as La Quadrature du Net in France. Today, the CPI is launching a campaign for the legal recognition of not-for profit file sharing between individuals and for instituting new statutory resource pooling for the fair and democratically governed financing of digital creation.

    • Copyrights

      • OECD Draft Internet Communiqué Sacrifices Freedoms to Copyright

        La Quadrature du Net adds its voice to the 80 global civil society groups that have declined endorsing the OECD’s communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy-Making. Although the text puts forward positive recommendations, rights and freedoms online are severely undermined by the call for private policing of the network, opening the door to automated censorship in the name of copyright.

        The 80 global civil society groups represented at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) under the umbrella of CSISAC have rejected the draft communiqué on Principles for Internet Policy-Making. La Quadrature du Net adds its voice to that of CSISAC, and regrets the OECD member countries’ stubborn defense of the entertainment industries’ obsolete business models, which is bound to undermine the very principles that the communiqué rightly puts forward.

      • Will OECD serve Hollywood against our Freedoms?

        Paris, June 27th, 2011 – The OECD countries are finalizing a communiqué about the future of the Internet. The outcome could either be a text favourable to citizens’ fundamental freedoms, or a push towards more repression and private policing of the Internet, in line with the ACTA agreement, the G8′s conclusions and EU copyright strategy.

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